The 2nd Edition

Who Owns the World's Land?

As deforestation continues across the tropics, new analysis by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) reveals countries and regions making progress in recognizing community land rights


New research released on June 15, 2023, provides the most comprehensive review to date of the land area in 73 countries that is legally owned by or designated for Indigenous, Afro-descendant, and local communities, and how many more hectares of community land remain to be recognized. The analysis, compiled by researchers with the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), also estimates the area that could be recognized for communities through existing laws in 20 countries.

The report is published as scientists with the United Nations’ World Meteorological Organization express growing concern at the pace of global warming, reporting that for the first time ever, global temperatures are now more likely than not to breach 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming within the next five years due to the pace of environmental destruction.

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This virtual press briefing presented the findings of the new report that assesses the areas legally designated for and owned by Indigenous Peoples, Afro-descendant Peoples, and local communities across 73 countries covering 85% of global lands.

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